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Best Albums of the 1950s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 35,000 greatest album charts.

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YearAlbums   The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score   Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
1950563,031 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,455th)
by Benny Goodman
1951873,351 Hank Williams Sings (3,264th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521006,411 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,552nd)
by Various Artists
19531064,476 Black Coffee (2,438th)
by Peggy Lee
19541259,019 Chet Baker Sings (1,216th)
by Chet Baker
195517612,106 In The Wee Small Hours (443rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195626032,826 Elvis Presley (428th)
by Elvis Presley
195734038,216 Blue Train (426th)
by John Coltrane
195836032,810 Lady In Satin (701st)
by Billie Holiday
195936897,972 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,978240,218

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly and Art Blakey.
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11.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:204 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:3,007
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:815
Average Rating:  80/100 (252 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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12.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:253 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,992
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:821
Average Rating:  81/100 (325 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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13.

Brilliant CornersUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1957Appears in:255 charts
Rank in 1957:4Rank Score:2,954
Rank in 1950s13Overall Rank:836
Average Rating:  81/100 (257 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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14.

Chuck Berry Is On TopUnited States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1959Appears in:231 charts
Rank in 1959:5Rank Score:2,796
Rank in 1950s14Overall Rank:873
Average Rating:  79/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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15.

Art Blakey And The Jazz MessengersUnited States Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:221 charts
Rank in 1959:6Rank Score:2,633
Rank in 1950s15Overall Rank:919
Average Rating:  82/100 (213 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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16.

Somethin' ElseUnited States Cannonball Adderley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:230 charts
Rank in 1958:2Rank Score:2,516
Rank in 1950s16Overall Rank:958
Average Rating:  81/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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17.

Moanin' In The Moonlight
Compilation
United States Howlin' Wolf
Year of Release:1959Appears in:183 charts
Rank in 1959:7Rank Score:2,510
Rank in 1950s17Overall Rank:960
Average Rating:  80/100 (183 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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18.

The "Chirping" CricketsUnited States The Crickets
Year of Release:1957Appears in:201 charts
Rank in 1957:5Rank Score:2,141
Rank in 1950s18Overall Rank:1,123
Average Rating:  79/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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19.

Chet Baker SingsUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1954Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1954:1Rank Score:1,918
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,216
Average Rating:  79/100 (146 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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20.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,894
Rank in 1950s20Overall Rank:1,227
Average Rating:  79/100 (165 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 28 3%
1951 45 5%
1952 50 5%
1953 50 5%
1954 73 7%
1955 87 9%
1956 127 13%
1957 163 16%
1958 181 18%
1959 196 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 19 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 776 78%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
United Kingdom 32 3%
France 27 3%
Brazil 23 2%
Canada 14 1%
Germany 10 1%
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